Meadowbank library in Polmont will be the first of several local venues to host the ‘Our Area in the First World War’ community led exhibition. The exhibition was researched, designed and produced by adults and school children from across the area as part of a project developed and delivered by Falkirk Community Trust to mark the centenary of the First World War.
The first part of the exhibition was designed by a Primary 6 class from Laurieston Primary School, who spent nine weeks working with Falkirk Community Trust’s Heritage Learning Team, artist Jan Bee Brown and storyteller Allison Galbraith, researching the experiences of 8 former Laurieston pupils whose images appear in a photograph album compiled by the school’s war time headmaster, Mr Mather.
The second half of the exhibition was created by a group of adult participants from the local community and tells the home front First World War stories from our area: they uncovered tales of food rationing; the manufacture of munitions undertaken by women; medical provision; fundraising efforts and the role of the docks and shipyards.
The project was devised and led by the Falkirk Community Trust Heritage Learning team and forms part of a programme of activity developed by the Trust to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Designed to bring generations together to research and create a touring ‘memory box’ exhibition telling local First World War stories, the ‘Our Area in the First World War’ project benefited from £9,900 of Heritage Lottery Funding from the HLF’s First World War: then and now program.
The exhibition will be going on tour in community venues across the Falkirk area in 2015, starting at Meadowbank Library, Polmont until the 20th of March. More information on our ongoing World War One Centenary project can be found in our World War One hub.
Friday, 13th February 2015